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Peggy Whitson Just Became the Oldest Female Astronaut in Space

Over the weekend, 56-year-old Peggy Whitson of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) officially became the oldest female astronaut to travel in space, after arriving at the International Space Station on what is now her third mission. Read More »

Get to Know Astronaut Abby

Abby Harrison's dreams are big — so big that they're out of this world, literally.  Read More »

50 Years of Women In Space

In the early 1960s, a group of women known as the First Lady Astronaut Trainees (FLATs), and also known as the "Mercury 13", trained to become astronauts for America's first human spaceflight program. The program was created by Dr. Read More »

This Day in History: Svetlana Savitskaya’s Space Walk

30 years ago today, Svetlana Savitskaya was welding metal in space. In the temperate outer space climate of minus 455 degrees fahrenheit, Svetlana tested and repaired parts of the Salyut 7 space station in her red-striped spacesuit. Read More »